How does the water district support agriculture?
Agriculture brings jobs and dollars to the valley and provides the public with large areas of open space and access to locally-produced agricultural products. The water district’s actions to replenish the groundwater basin ensure that farmers have a reliable, stable water supply.
Our long-standing policy of including an open-space credit in the agricultural water rate structure provides local farmers with one of the lowest rates in California.
District programs and services that help improve irrigation efficiency include:
- Funding for Santa Clara County Farm Bureau’s Irrigation Efficiency Program
- Maintaining a system of weather stations to provide growers with irrigation scheduling data to reduce water use
- Hosting a web page that provides reference crop water use data to help growers more efficiently irrigate crops
- Providing two website calculators to assist growers in using California Irrigation
- Managing (CIMIS) data to calculate crop irrigation requirements
- Conducting presentations to growers on irrigation scheduling and efficiency
How will rates change?
The district is proposing Agricultural water rate increases for FY 2017/2018 as follows:
- Up to 6.4% rate change
- Current 2016/2017 charges: $23.59/acre-foot
- Proposed maximum 2017/18 charges: $25.09/acre-foot
If you have questions or concerns about groundwater or this year’s charge-setting process, please join us at an upcoming open house or public hearing. You may also contact Jessica Vasquez at (408) 630-2985, or Darin Taylor at (408) 630-3068.